Monday, December 31, 2007
The diversity of effects possible with a single negative keeps me interested, though they'd drive a designer crazy. All these images were printed with an A4-size color negative, inverted in photoshop.
Tram printed onto velvet
Printed on a scrap of Belgian linen
Some distortion due to the pliable fabric
Tram on silk organza
The fabric shrank dramatically after being printed, so I was able to scan the entire image.
Print on Somerset
More like my usual printing technique, on pure white cotton paper.
Tram on Arches cream
An experimental print onto off-white paper; I enjoy the richness, but for a series it's not ideal, as highlights are lost.
Happy new year to everyone, near & far.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Stop by this Sunday afternoon from 2-6pm for spicy mulled wine and savory art. Meet the artists in the informal setting of this community gallery, and browse through their art that offers new views of Hong Kong and beyond. 10% of purchases will go to help a Cambodian friend who lives near Angkor Wat get closer to his dream of going to university. Navuth Ou is a fantastically friendly driver in Siem Reap, and is always happy to show visitors his favorite spots in town. Just email me for his contact information.
Artists include Roz Keep, Paul Lau, Grahame Collins, and more.
Photos to come soon....
Monday, November 12, 2007
One of the photographic subjects
Andy Maluche, Philippines-based photographer
Vernon Ram, Lamma luminary
With Lamma-Gung, the featured artist
Nick the Bookman
Monday, November 05, 2007
Since I couldn't find the gorgeous Lanaquarelle paper in HK that I'd used for the Bokor series, I decided it was time to make my own.
While struggling with long cotton fibers that jammed up my blender blades and caused the overloaded contraption to smoke, I'd dream of one of these:
A Critter beater, handmade by the artist Mark Lander
This guy has singlehandedly revolutionized papermaking for independent artists. Why? Until he started building his Critters, a small-scale studio artist like me couldn't dream of grinding materials into high-quality paper. Most industrial Hollander beaters start at around US $6000-$7500 including shipping, while his models are about $2000.
Here he and the Critter are at work with papermakers in Victoria.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Last year painted a pair of silk hangings - a commission for a Thai restaurant in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I did several versions of Rama, painted with cyanotype liquid onto handwoven silk organza.
They resemble shadow-puppets, a traditional artform prthroughout SE Asia.
Ever the perfectionist, I was unsatisfied with the first Rama so then had it made into a dress instead.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Harry, one of the organizers
And a couple of my sketches:
I didn't use pencil that day, so it took awhile to warm up
Monday, September 24, 2007
During my last year at university, I received a grant to study encaustic painting, an ancient Greco-Roman technique of painting in wax. I continued working in the medium for a few years, then turned to cyanotypes as they were more portable for my travelling lifestyle than cumbersome kilos of wax painted onto wood panels. But since settling in here, I've considered starting working in encaustic again.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
This composition was influenced by the Kwong Sang Hong Two Girls logo, a Hong Kong commercial icon.
My favorite product is their Florida Water, made with Bergamot, Clove and Lavender. It's a refreshing unisex scent, great for sprinkling onto cool summer towels. The website even claims it can "help dispel effects of alcoholic hangover."
The original models for the painting may have been men, according to their website, and these transsexual calendar girls were painted with the "scraping brush" technique.
Artists would first coat the paper with carbon, to give it softness and depth; I do something similar when I give mine a thinned-out wash of color before painting.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Aha! The procession last week was apparently for the Hungry Ghost Festival.
On the island you can catch a whiff of burning offerings in the evenings. It smells a lot like the Catholic churches I'd go to when growing up: lots of smoking incense, paper, and mystery.
Photo from Penang, Malaysia, during the Hungry Ghost festival 2004.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Too many women let worries about dress size control their lives. I drew this after thinly-veiled criticism of my recent eating habits from a friend.
It reminded me of another friend - even more neurotic about what she put into her mouth and how she burned it off - who competed with everyone around her. She was constantly comparing her fitness and every physical attribute with other women.
When I've let their words get to me, I realize that the criticism they dole out is nothing compared to what they impose on themselves. It's sad that they turn the simple sensual pleasures of eating into a guilt-filled battle for control over themselves and others.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
As I worked in the studio this afternoon, I heard horns from the street below.
Then drums ~
Why were they were trudging in the rain from the Tin Hau temple towards the beach(?) That's for them to know and me to find out.
PS: Just read "How to be Creative". Written three years ago, but timeless.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Macanese dinner with Mom on Taipa island, Macau
New Zealand butter not-melting on Roy's birthday at a Portuguese restaurant in Macau
Both show how tired I was after a long day of painting pillars. By 10pm, I'd be falling asleep at the table.
Monday, August 13, 2007
In progress: one of the columns we marbled in recent weeks.
Photos of finished columns will be posted once they've removed scaffolding and directors have taken photos. In the meantime, I'm back in HK and working on getting more work. Ah, the freelance life....
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
your typical "mirror autoportrait" shot - with hard hat.
The guys working outside had a great solution to the summer heat: cut off the brims of straw hats and tape them onto the plastic hat required onsite, for shade and skull protection at the same time.
Marbling the red base of a column. You can see the bamboo scaffolding we worked on every day, 50+ feet above the escalators below.
photo by Joanne
Monday, August 06, 2007
Two men with livers of steel: they'd have 8-10 pints every night, then be up for breakfast at 7 the next morning.
Photo by Joanne.